1st Trimester continued:
When we left off last, we were discussing the academic load of 1st trimester. I’m a older student at Palmer, and the average age seems to be 23-25, so being 35 (sadly) I don’t retain academically as well as I use to. The one thing I found out most about being here is that with the course load comes stress. It took me 2 months to realize I needed a reduction in my schedule, despite the recommendations of Dr. Newman in the PASS Program.
Most of the students here have just school to worry about, and others here have their families to help them through the months, but there are a few of us here that are single parents, and I came here with my 12-year-old son. And being a single father going through Palmer is extremely hard. Even though I took a reduction in my schedule in my 2nd month (I went from 20 to 14 credits), in all honesty I thought I could have skimmed through my course with bare minimum. Well, partly due to the fact I thought I was smarter than the school had to offer … lol WRONG!
I found out that if you’re not doing well by the 2nd exam, you may risk re-taking that course in the next trimester. Unfortunately, I didn’t get serious until the 2nd month, and by then my struggles became a nightmare, and I failed a few classes.
My advice to those coming into Palmer would be this: Get a support group ASAP, study at least a week ahead of schedule for ALL classes, and if the course load is too much and you’re that stressed out with what your taking, get a reduced schedule quickly. It’s not a race, and you’re here for your education not everyone else ….
– be blessed…